Archive for the ‘Commercial Radio’ Category

Mack Nuggets

31Aug19

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Fix Radio lately including: Piper and her screaming son; A football story; The watch scam; A fart at a funeral; Mark The Shark; Darren and the disrespectful driver. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets […]


Strictly Come Dancing will take over Saturday nights on BBC 1 again this autumn. A few years ago I got to interview one of the hosts, Tess Daly. I was on BOBfm in Hertfordshire with Amy Stevenson and Tess was on a line from London. As you’ll hear, it didn’t go well… Craic on! If […]


Mack Nuggets

18Aug19

Congratulations to Gaz Drinkwater who’s co-presenting a great new show on BBC Radio Manchester called “Talking Balls”. If you’re into Manchester United or City, I bet you’ll enjoy it, listen here; https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07hnl2b/episodes/player As I’m a Liverpool fan and Gaz is Man United, we didn’t talk about football much when we presented the Breakfast Show on […]


Mack Nuggets

04Aug19

The longest I’ve ever stayed at the same radio station is five years. That was BOBfm in Herts, Beds and Bucks. Here’s some of my favourite bits from my last two years there, including: Disaster at Titanic the Musical; A stuck story; The ultimate protest song; Miscommunication; What was on the roof of the car?; […]


Mack Nuggets

03Aug19

This is what I got up to on Radio Merseyside from 2016 to 2018, including: The end of the world; What Charlie said; Ricky Tomlinson talks about Mickey Finn; Liverpool’s zoo; Andrew Neil gets taken down; Connections to celebrity; Roger McGough talks about the Blitz; a journey from hell; The real reason why Liverpool fans […]


Mack Nuggets

28Jul19

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Fix Radio lately, including: A brush with wildlife, HiDef Radio, Why paper bags are important, The Queen drops an F-bomb, The festival of sex, Toilet wall graffiti, Sexism, When Darren got thrown out. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. Listen […]


I thought I was going to be killed by an armed policeman this week. As you can see by the video above, Fix Radio recorded a promotional film with “Boris Johnson” at Downing Street. We didn’t have permission and as I was in charge, an officer with a very large automatic weapon asked me what […]


Johnny B, Good!

07Jul19

They say you should never meet your heroes. I don’t agree, working in radio, I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of mine and it doesn’t matter if they’re a footballer, actor or musician, usually it’s been a great experience and they’ve been everything I’d hoped they would be. One bloke in particular stands out […]


Radio Reception

06Jul19

We’ve been invited to a wedding! My old boss from BOBfm, Brett Harley, is finally getting married to Carolyn in a few weeks time. They’ve been together for more than 20 years so it’s about time! Being the boss, it always felt like he was more of a grown-up than me, even though this year, […]


Radio Stuff

23Jun19

Congratulations to Larry Gifford on his promotion to National Director of AM Radio for Corus Entertainment in Canada. Larry is a veteran talk programmer and consultant who also hosts the “When Life Gives You Parkinsons” podcast for Corus’ Curiouscast podcast network. I had the pleasure of being a guest on his Radio Stuff Podcast a few […]


Mack Nuggets

01Jun19

I’ve had a great time presenting the Manchester Breakfast Show on Fix Radio with Gaz Drinkwater. This is what the last days of the show sounded like. Including: The truth about the Spice Girls gig; The worst thing about the doctors; A tribute to Doris Day; Why the hygienist is worse than the dentist; The […]


Howzat

27May19

I don’t know who to support in the Cricket World Cup. I was born in England and have lived in New Zealand and Australia, I have passports for each country. I’m leaning towards Australia because I didn’t get to pick where I was born and moved with my parents to New Zealand when they emigrated. […]


Phonies

25May19

Why don’t you hear wind-up calls on the radio anymore? It could be because they got played out, overdone. The best way to devalue something is to do lots of it, scarcity adds value. Then again, wind-ups may have stopped because things can go horribly wrong. When I worked on the air in Australia, I […]


BOB Job

19May19

As we get closer to BOBfm in Hertfordshire closing and becoming another Heart station, I thought you might like to hear my favourite April Fools Day prank we pulled at BOB. The radio station is in the grounds of Knebworth Park, literally yards away from where hundreds of the worlds top artists have played in […]


Jack Off

18May19

In a few weeks time, BOB fm in Hertfordshire will disappear and become Heart. I presented the Breakfast Show there for five years. When I first got there in 2013, the station was called JACKfm. Here’s what I sounded like back then… Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a […]


Art Attack

12May19

There’s been a major art theft from London’s Tate Modern and it’s all my fault. The Tate Modern is just a short walk from where I work at Fix Radio in Southwark. Often at lunchtime I stroll around and look at the art. One of my favourite pieces is on level 2. It’s an oil […]


Mack Nuggets

04May19

Here’s what I’ve been up to with Gaz Drinkwater on Fix Radio Manchester, including;Show Us Your Tips; Greater Manchester Police using GPS data from speeding drivers; Why democracy doesn’t work; Travis Perkins v the cat; Rednecks in New Zealand; The dispute with Steve Brookstein. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and […]


Democracy doesn’t work which is a shame with council elections on right now. Most people are not Scientists, economists or engineers. Politicians are experts on politics but not much else. When politicians make policy they should really ask experts on each individual topic and go with what they say. The problem is, experts make up […]


Environuts

20Apr19

Here’s what happened when I had a chat with one of the eco-protesters in London. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video  


Bye Bye BOB

06Apr19

Sad news this week, Bob FM has been bought by Communicorp and will be rebranded as Heart Hertfordshire. I worked there for five years and had a great time, I left in July last year. It means that every commercial radio station I’ve worked on in the UK has now disappeared. 2CRFM in Dorset and […]